SPS teacher walk out tomorrow means Queen Anne Community Center and Pool events
If your kids are in the Seattle Public School system, that means there’s no school for them tomorrow, Tuesday, May 19th due to a teacher walk out.
The City is offering free activities for students at both the Queen Anne Community Center (1901 1st Ave W) and the Queen Anne Pool (1920 1st Ave W). Seattle Parks and Recreation will open and staff drop-in activities at 21 designated community centers – including the Queen Anne Community Center – for Seattle Public School students from kindergarten to 8th grade.
The free program runs from 7am to 6pm on Tuesday, May 19th. It includes supervised recreation activities, with an anticipated supervision ratio of 20 children to 1 adult leader.
Due to space limitations, eligible students will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis – there are still spots to sign up online for the QACC. A completed registration form is required, and you can fill it out online here. You can also fill out a registration forms the day of the drop-in service.
Parents are asked to pack a sack lunch. Snacks will be provided to all students, and lunch will be provided to students unable to bring their own.
The Queen Anne Pool is also hosting a special Public Swim. Kids home from school can attend the swim from 3-4pm. Rates: $3.75 for Youth (1 – 17), $5.25 for Adults, $3.75 for Seniors. (Those 5 year of age and under and less than 4 feet tall need to be with an adult in the water for safety.)
Queen Anne Community Council hosts discussion on Interagency Recovery School this Monday
This Monday, January 26th, the Queen Anne Community Council will devote its Land Use Review Committee and Planning Committee meeting to the upcoming Interagency Recovery School. Seattle Public Schools representatives will be on hand to discuss the planned high school. All are welcome to attend the meeting.
There has been much controversy since we first broke the news of the Interagency Recovery School back in November. Queen Anne residents fall on both sides of the argument – some for the school, some against, with the latter citing the location of the school (across from John Hay Elementary) as the top concern.
A community meeting was held on December 10th to discuss concerns about the high school that’ll move into the old Queen Anne High School Gym in February. The Queen Anne Community Council meeting is the first community update with Seattle Public Schools since December.
Here’s the information for Monday’s meeting:
Topic: Queen Anne Interagency Recovery High School
Location: Queen Anne Manor, 100 Crocket Street
Speakers: Tom Redman, Seattle School District Capital and Facilities Communications; Kaaren Andrews, Queen Anne Interagency Recovery School Principal
Format: Tom Redman and Kaaren Andrews will give LURC and the Queen Anne community a presentation about the school and answer a preliminary list of questions. LURC members will then pose any questions. Once LURC members have completed their review, the floor will be open to community questions determined in order by a sign-up sheet. In respect for all questioners, everyone will be limited to 1 minute each for questions.
The QACC has submitted questions from the December meeting and Queen Anne residents in advance to facilitate the community discussion. If you have questions that you’d like to submit in advance, contact Marty Kaplan, QACC Chair, LURC.
Community meeting on Interagency Recovery School is this Wednesday at John Hay
Seattle Public Schools is hosting a community meeting on the Interagency Recovery School this Wednesday, December 10th, 6:30pm-7:30pm. The school is slated to move into the old Queen Anne High School Gym at Galer St and 2nd Ave N, across from John Hay Elementary.
The meeting will be held in the John Hay Elementary cafeteria at 201 Garfield St and is open to John Hay families, staff, and Queen Anne neighbors. (if you received a rescheduled location notice, ignore it – the meeting is back at John Hay)
The Queen Anne High School Gym has been remodeled for the Interagency Recovery School. It was originally scheduled for a November opening, but SPS now estimates that the school will open in the space in early 2015.
The first notice the community received was via this blog. We were tipped to the activity at the old gym by a reader, and upon our inquiry, Seattle Public Schools issued a statement on the school. Now the community has its chance to ask questions about the school and the Interagency Academy Program.
Here’s Wednesday’s agenda:
- 6:30-6:40pm – Welcome/Introductions and Opening Remarks
- 6:40-7:15pm – Questions from the audience
- 7:15-7:30pm – Individual time with staff members
Since the time for the meeting is limited, with only 35 minutes for Q&A, it is advised that attendees read the FAQ that SPS has put together on the Interagency Recovery School. It addresses 61 questions that SPS has received from the community. Due to its length, we aren’t re-publishing the FAQ here – go to this site to read it in its entirety.
Community meeting to discuss Interagency Recovery School planned for December 10th
Today we got word from Seattle Public Schools that the community meeting on the planned Interagency Recovery School will be held at John Hay Cafeteria on Wednesday, December 10th, 6:30-7:30pm.
All residents and parents are welcome to attend this community meeting – per the email we received from SPS, it is a community meeting, not a John Hay-specific meeting. The school will take over the Queen Anne Gym space kitty-corner from Johh Hay Elementary, so the John Hay PTA has been very involved in gathering feedback since we broke the news on the school.
Kaaren Andrews, the Principal of the Interagency Academy, contacted the John Hay PTA and stated that the Recovery School plans to open on February 2nd – not later this month, as originally communicated to us by SPS. However, if permits are obtained sooner, it will open before February. Sometime in November is likely the earliest date, pending permits.
If you have questions or concerns about the Interagency Recovery School, plan on attending this community meeting. SPS has asked for comments to be submitted by tomorrow, Thursday, November 13th.
Send your questions and comments to the following SPS contacts:
John Hay Parent Board (compiling questions for the meeting)
John Hay parents’ concerns prompt SPS community meeting on Interagency Recovery School
Less than a week ago, we posted on the Seattle Public Schools (SPS) Interagency Recovery School that’s planned for the old Queen Anne High School Gym. Work was being done at night, which prompted several email tips to Queen Anne View, asking what was happening to the Gym.
When SPS responded to our inquiries, it was news to residents and John Hay Elementary parents. The alternative high school will be located directly across from John Hay Elementary, with the location generating concern from John Hay parents.
Concerns include not only the proximity of recovering addicts to elementary school students – the SPS statement noted that students are committed to being sober – but also the use of SPS property.
Like many Seattle schools, John Hay Elementary is overcrowded. It has two large portable classroom units in the southwest corner of the playground, and could have used the Queen Anne High School Gym space if it’d been available.
After we posted the article on the Interagency Recovery School, there were many reader comments and suggestions for contacts. Parents contacted SPS and Sue Peters, our local Queen Anne SPS board member. According to the John Hay PTA, they received a response after 3 days of inquiries to SPS.
SPS will host a community meeting in December – something that likely wouldn’t have happened without the heads up on the school and the involvement of the John Hay PTA. The original decision was made without a review by SPS (it was added at the last minute to a meeting this past Thursday, November 6th).
Sue Peters is reviewing emails and forwarding them to the Interim Superintendent and Assistant Superintendent for Facilities. She has asked for more information on the development and why the community wasn’t engaged early on in the process.
Part of the mission statement for the Interagency Academy program is “partner with community-based organizations and agencies” and one of SPS’ three goals is “Strengthen school, family and community engagement” – neither of which has happened (yet) with the Interagency Recovery School.
We’ve contacted SPS to find out when a date for the community meeting is confirmed. When that information is made available, we’ll share it on the blog. In the meantime, if you have comments, questions, or concerns, here are the people to contact:
Stay tuned for more information on the proposed community meeting.
Seattle Public Schools opening Interagency Recovery School in old Queen Anne High Gym
We’ve had several readers email us in the past few weeks asking about the construction activity at the old Queen Anne High School Gym. We’ve been in contact with Seattle Public Schools (SPS) to find out what’s happening with the building and we now have information from SPS on plans for the location.
The building at the corner of 2nd Ave N and Galer St has been getting an interior makeover to convert the space into classrooms for a Seattle Public Schools Interagency Academy school.
According to SPS, the Interagency Academy is “a network of small, alternative high schools spread out across Seattle designed to support students who need different supports than comprehensive schools offer.”
The Queen Anne High School Gym will house the Interagency Recovery School. It’ll move into the building this month, starting with about 10 students.
We received the following statement from Seattle Public Schools:
Interagency Recovery School
Interagency Recovery School is a small campus designed to support high school youth who are committed to recovery from drug and alcohol abuse. Students have self-selected to attend Interagency Recovery School and have expressed commitment to actively work toward their academic and personal goals while attending school in a clean and sober environment.
Recovery School students come from all over Seattle, representing all races, religions and socioeconomic statuses. These are everybody’s kids who have made hard, mature choices to change their lives. More than anything, they need the support of their community as they walk this difficult road to recovery.
The school site, located in the old gym of the Queen Anne High School building, will offer the support of specially trained teachers, a chemical dependency professional, other support staff, and peers who are also committed to recovery.
The school will open in November with an estimated 10 students and will grow based on need and available resources. As its students are clean and sober, the school upholds a strict no tolerance policy with drugs and alcohol. Students found to be under the influence or in possession of drugs or alcohol will be transferred out of the school to another support service.
Interagency has partnered with King County Mental Health, Chemical Abuse and Dependency Services Division to offer this needed program. NAVOS is also providing a full-time staff member at the school to support students, funded by King County Mental Health.
A 2012 Seattle Times article on the Interagency Academy program described it as “a unique and little-known slice of the city’s public-school system for students who were expelled from or otherwise not making it in regular schools.” You can read more about the program in the Seattle Times article and on the SPS Interagency Academy web site.
If you have questions about the Interagency Recovery School, contact information for SPS is listed on this page.
UPDATE: per comments below, if you have concerns about the Interagency Recovery School’s location across from John Hay School, you can contact Sue Peters, the Queen Anne School Board member via email at sue.peters@seattleschools.
The John Hay Elementary PTA has also been informed. You can reach them via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Northwest Center school given 6 months to vacate Queen Anne location
Editor’s note: updated with additional information on the Cascade Parent Partnership program.
A reader wrote in to let us know about the letter sent to Northwest Center Queen Anne parents, detailing the Seattle Public School district’s plans for the current location of Northwest Center Kids school on the corner of Florentia and 1st Ave W.
Northwest Center provides an early learning program “for children with and without disabilities in the same program, recognizing each child as a unique individual.”
The site is owned by Seattle Public School district, but has been the home to Northwest Center’s school for 28 years – and per a letter from the school district, they now have 6 months to vacate so the district can use the building for Cascade Parent Partnership, a program for home-schooled children. According to the Seattle Times, their current building, the Wilson-Pacific School, is being demolished and replaced with a new middle school and elementary school.
While 6 months is the timeframe in the lease termination agreement, the school says it needs more time to make the move. According to Northwest Center, “at least two years would be needed to navigate the logistical challenges of a move as well as the licensing and permitting hurdles we would face.”
The Seattle Times has picked up the story and KING 5 is looking for parents to interview. You can read the full letter to Northwest Center parents below. If you’re interested in helping, check out the “How You Can Help” document, which also contains all of the contact information for Seattle Public School Board officials.
I am writing to share news that affects the entire Northwest Center Kids community that we have all worked so hard to build here at Queen Anne. As many of you know, we have made our home at North Queen Anne Elementary for 28 years, made possible by a long-time lease with Seattle Public Schools. We were recently notified by Assistant Superintendent Dr. Lester Herndon, who is in charge of facilities among other things, that Seattle Public Schools needs the building back and will terminate our lease with six months notice per the terms of our lease agreement.
This is shocking news and news which we are prepared to challenge and fight with every resource available to us. Our first priority for the 49 year existence of Northwest Center has been you the families that make up our community of “people of all abilities.” We are determined to keep this community of families intact, and we are pursuing any and all possible solutions to accomplish this.
At this point we are in the early stages of reviewing our options which we hope will include productive negotiations with Seattle Public Schools. Northwest Center has already expressed its interest in buying the property from Seattle Public Schools. But if that is not possible then at minimum we need more time – at least two years to identify, permit, remodel, and license a facility that can accommodate our students and their specific needs.
Unfortunately we have not been included in any discussions to-date about the future of our school and our programs. Had Seattle Public Schools been more transparent with us about this plan when it was first formulated, we would have made our case that the facility is serving its best and highest purpose with Northwest Center Kids.
But we are inserting ourselves into the discussions now and making our case forcefully. Our singular focus is in doing everything we can to prevent devastating impacts to our programs, the early learning opportunities for the children we work with, and the sense of place and community that are so important to everyone associated with Northwest Center Kids.
It is obviously important for all of us to work together as we navigate this process and we want to hear from you and answer any questions and concerns you have. Tom Everill, our CEO, and I will be available to share information and answer questions on Friday from 4:30 – 6:00PM. At that time we will also be able to share with you what you can do to support our efforts and secure a future for Northwest Center Kids.
Friday, January 17 4:30 – 6:00PM
Queen Anne Conference Room
Thank you. We look forward to tackling this critical challenge together.
Executive Director, Northwest Center Kids
Learn More About Upcoming School Levies at Coe Elementary Tomorrow
It seems like the election just happened, but already we can look ahead to the next one – a Special Election on February 12, 2013. Included on the ballot will be the renewal of two Seattle School District levies: an Operations Levy that funds approximately 30% of the District’s operating budget and a Capital Levy (BEX IV), that funds building and infrastructure projects.
To help educate voters, a Community Meeting is being held this Thursday (tomorrow) at Coe Elementary with Senator Jeanne Kohl-Wells, Michael Debell, Lisa MacFarlane, and Kerry Cooley-Stroum from Schools First. The speakers will address the upcoming Levy votes and the role of levies for funding education in Washington, from the District to the State level. They’ll also discuss in-school fundraising, the McCleary Decision, the District’s role, and more.
Where: Coe Elementary Gym, 2424 7th Ave W
When: Thursday, December 6, 7-8:30 pm
For additional information, please contact Stacy Lawson, Coe Elementary PTA, 206.999.6724
Links for Little Ones
Have you ever thought, “I sure wish there was one whole day where I could learn more about what I like and who I am”? If you’re a girl (or know one!) and you live in Washington, then you’ll be pleased as punch to know that day exists! It’s called GirlFest, and it’s a day-long celebration on Oct. 20 for EVERY girl (and their families) that celebrates all the cool things about being a girl!
Seattle Public Schools has early enrollment open for the 2013-14 school year allowing incoming kindergarten students and other families new to Seattle Public Schools for the 2013-14 school year a way to jump on the enrollment process starting this week. Early enrollment is offered through Jan. 31, 2013.
Parents can enroll their students at the JSCEE Service Center, Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The JSCEE address is 2445 3rd Ave. S., Seattle. More information on the process, and a link to additional information and help on the process can be found here. In addition, more information and a link to enrollment paperwork can be found here.
Twirl Cafe turns 2! On October 21st from 9am-1pm join Twirl and celebrate their birthday.
Wear your costume and join us at the Twirl Patch for a fun Anniversary Pumpkin Bash! Help crank our REAL cider press and watch as we turn Washington’s own apples into fresh cider!There will be plenty of festivities including: * Face Painting * Costume Dance Party * Queen Anne Books Story Time * Carnival Games * Balloon Animals * Spin-the-Wheel and Raffle Prizes * Chance to win a Petunia Pickle Bottom Diaper bag! *FREE PLAY RSVP On Our Facebook Events Page and get an extra raffle ticket! Come join this fun and festive Anniversary Party and help us celebrate another year of providing Seattle Parents with a community establishment to gather, play and learn!
Links for Little Ones
Two meetings are coming up for Seattle Public School parents.
- SPS BEX IV Capital Levy Community Meeting at McClure on Thursday 9/27, 6:30pm.
- Also on 9/27, there is a Public Arts Education Forum that will host the opportunity for parents to go and learn about progress with the new K-12 Arts Learning Collaborative that is being introduced into all Seattle Public Schools. It is being held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Bertha Knight Landes Room at City Hall, 600 Fourth Ave.
October 1st, marks the start of Raffi week at the Children’s Museum:
Raffi is coming to town and the Museum is helping to celebrate! Each day educational programming will be themed to one of his songs – including dance parties and story times! Be sure to check out the program calendar for more details
Monday – Down by the Bay
Tuesday – 5 Little Frogs
Wednesday – Boom Boom
Thursday – Baby Beluga
Friday – Apples and Bananas
Saturday – The More We Get Together
Children’s Museum is also hosting a Pumpkin carving night on Friday October 26th starting at 5:30pm. You can RSVP now if you would like to reserve your spot. $5 per person, or $3 per person for Members. Remember that it’s BYOP!
You bring the pumpkin, and we’ll provide the place to get messy and the tools to carve with. Light snacks will be provided and costumes are encouraged! And as an added bonus, you get to play in the Museum without the crowds!